Carlos Tevez not angry with Gerardo Martino

Carlos Tevez says that he will not be angry with Argentina manager Gerardo Martino for not picking him for Argentina’s qualifying games in March.

Tevez has been in and out of the national team for quite a while. He was initially dropped in favour of retaining Lionel Messi and this decision has been proven right over several major tournaments. Even now, Tevez still hopes to feature regularly for the national team. Returning to Argentina to continue his club football has also helped him get more supporters asking for his return to the national team.

His club, Boca Juniors, have made a poor start to the domestic campaign and this is reflected in Martino’s latest squad for Argentina qualifying games against Chile and Bolivia. Boca Juniors are sixth in the league table with Tevez managing only three goals in eight league appearances. For a player who played much of his career in European football against much better defenders, more goals were expected from the striker. Tevez admitted that his performance as may have not been good enough for the manager. Hence, he will focus on improving his game rather than showing his anger.

A 2-1 win for Argentina in the game against Chile has helped improve their standing in the qualification campaign substantially. They are now level with the likes of Brazil and Paraguay after a disastrous start to the campaign. Argentina failed to win even a single game of the opening three qualifying matches. "If [manager Gerardo] Martino doesn't call me up I'm not going to be angry because I must improve my game to earn it," said Tevez. Rumours about a return to European football for Tevez have started in recent months. This is likely to improve his chances of featuring for the national team, who will be hoping for a third successive win when they face Bolivia.